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    DAA operates out of a modern facility constructed in 2015. Located at the Greater Sudbury Airport (CYSB) the building has plenty of office and classroom space and a 21,500 square foot hangar floor. DAA also has its own Approved Maintenance Organization with 5 full-time Aircraft Maintenance Engineers on site.

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    Becoming a pilot is one of life’s most challenging and rewarding adventures. A career in aviation is an opportunity to get paid to do what you love. Many young boys and girls dream of one day becoming an airline pilot and flying all over the world.

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    Greater Sudbury is a city of just over 157,000 and serves as the regional capital of Northeastern Ontario. It is just a 4 hour drive north of Toronto. Sudbury is home to two universities – Laurentian University and the University of Sudbury, as well as two colleges – Cambrian College and Collège Boréal. There are plenty of things to do in Sudbury including many great restaurants, nightlife, and outdoor activities.

Financial Information

Tuition & Fee Information

Discovery Aviation Academy welcomes a pay-per-lesson system. Instead of paying large installments up front, students have the freedom of paying for their training after each flight lesson. For specific information on Discovery Aviation Academy's tuition and fees please call 705-693-3346.

Income Tax Information

Discovery Aviation Academy is certified by the Ministry of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Therefore, students may claim expenses incurred toward a commercial pilot licence or flight instructor rating.

The allowable tax decutions are as follows:

  • For a Private Pilot's Licence, any combination of dual and solo hours are acceptable to a maximum of 45 hours total.
    • Students may claim PPL training only if they can prove that they are intending to undertake commercial training.
  • For a Commercial Pilot's Licence, a total of 35 dual and 30 supervised solo hours may be claimed.
  • Costs incurred by a student flying a personal aircraft while taking a course at a flight school are not eligible.
  • No credit may be taken for time building or hours in excess of the Transport Canada minimums.

Please contact DAA if you would like more information.

Second Career

Second Career provides laid-off workers with:

  • Skills training to help them find jobs in high-demand occupations in Ontario
  • Financial support


Second Career is a cost-sharing grant provided on the basis of need, so you may be asked to contribute what you can to your training or education.

Second Career provides funding for:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Other instruction costs such as manuals or workbooks
  • Transportation
  • Basic living allowance


Additional support may be available to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities, dependent care, costs of living away from home and academic upgrading.

For more information, visit the Ministry's website.

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    At DAA, we are 100% committed to our students’ career progression from the moment they step in the door until they are in an aviation career that they love. We have been doing this with our fire detection pilots for years, working hard to place them into positions with Bearskin Airlines, Air Georgian, Air Canada, and many more.

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    DAA provides commercial air operator training to new Fire Detection Pilots coming into Discovery Air Fire Services. This training includes a number of different modules such as surface contamination, survival training, controlled flight into terrain (CFIT), line indoctrination, and safety management system (SMS) training.

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    Discovery flights are for those interested in aviation and want to experience what it’s like to fly an airplane. You will go up with one of our instructors and have the chance to take the controls of the Cessna 172 Skyhawk. A Discovery Flight is the first step to see if you have what it takes to become a pilot.

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    Discovery Aviation Academy is a flight school based in Sudbury, Ontario. We offer a variety of recreational and career oriented flight training to meet the needs of all aspiring pilots. If you have always wanted to learn how to be a pilot, now is the time to get started! Let us help make your dream a reality.

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    Dedicated to bridging the gap between graduation and a career, Discovery Aviation Academy has developed the Career Pilot Program. The 2 year full-time program is designed to graduate commercial pilots who have the experience and real-world exposure to make them employable in the Canadian aviation industry.